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55-56Montreal
1955–56 Montreal Canadiens · NHL
Stanley Cup Champions
1955–56 record 45–15–10
Goals for 222
Goals against 131
General Manager Frank J. Selke
Coach Toe Blake
Captain Emile Bouchard
Arena Montreal Forum
Team leaders
Goals Jean Beliveau, 47
Assists Jean Beliveau, 41
Points Jean Beliveau, 88
Penalties in minutes Jean Beliveau, 143
Wins Jacques Plante (42)
Goals against average Jacques Plante (1.86)
The 1955–56 Montreal Canadiens season was the team's 47th season of play. The Canadiens would have an outstanding season, placing first. The team went on to win the Stanley Cup for the eighth time in its history.


OffseasonEdit

Regular seasonEdit

Final standingsEdit

National Hockey League
GP W L T Pts GF GA
Montreal Canadiens 70 45 15 10 100 222 131
Detroit Red Wings 70 30 24 16 76 183 148
New York Rangers 70 32 28 10 74 204 203
Toronto Maple Leafs 70 24 33 13 61 153 181
Boston Bruins 70 23 34 13 59 147 185
Chicago Black Hawks 70 19 39 12 50 155 216

Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against
Teams that qualify for the playoffs are indicated in bold.

Game logEdit

Regular season results
No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1WOctober 6, 19552–0 Toronto Maple Leafs (1955–56) 1–0–0
2WOctober 8, 19552–0 Boston Bruins (1955–56) 2–0–0
3WOctober 9, 19555–2 @ Boston Bruins (1955–56) 3–0–0
4WOctober 15, 19554–1 New York Rangers (1955–56) 4–0–0
5TOctober 16, 19552–2 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1955–56) 4–0–1
6LOctober 20, 19552–3 Boston Bruins (1955–56) 4–1–1
7WOctober 22, 19556–0 Chicago Black Hawks (1955–56) 5–1–1
8LOctober 26, 19551–2 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1955–56) 5–2–1
9LOctober 27, 19551–4 Chicago Black Hawks (1955–56) 5–3–1
10WOctober 29, 19552–1 Detroit Red Wings (1955–56) 6–3–1
11TOctober 30, 19552–2 @ Detroit Red Wings (1955–56) 6–3–2
12TNovember 3, 19553–3 Toronto Maple Leafs (1955–56) 6–3–3
13WNovember 5, 19554–2 Boston Bruins (1955–56) 7–3–3
14TNovember 6, 19553–3 @ Boston Bruins (1955–56) 7–3–4
15TNovember 9, 19551–1 @ New York Rangers (1955–56) 7–3–5
16WNovember 12, 19553–0 Detroit Red Wings (1955–56) 8–3–5
17WNovember 13, 19552–0 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1955–56) 9–3–5
18WNovember 16, 19553–2 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1955–56) 10–3–5
19WNovember 19, 19556–1 New York Rangers (1955–56) 11–3–5
20TNovember 20, 19551–1 @ New York Rangers (1955–56) 11–3–6
21LNovember 24, 19552–3 @ Detroit Red Wings (1955–56) 11–4–6
22WNovember 26, 19553–1 Boston Bruins (1955–56) 12–4–6
23TNovember 27, 19553–3 @ New York Rangers (1955–56) 12–4–7
24WDecember 1, 19552–1 @ Boston Bruins (1955–56) 13–4–7
25WDecember 3, 19553–1 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1955–56) 14–4–7
26WDecember 4, 19555–1 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1955–56) 15–4–7
27WDecember 8, 19553–1 Toronto Maple Leafs (1955–56) 16–4–7
28WDecember 10, 19554–2 Detroit Red Wings (1955–56) 17–4–7
29WDecember 11, 19554–2 @ Boston Bruins (1955–56) 18–4–7
30WDecember 15, 19552–0 New York Rangers (1955–56) 19–4–7
31WDecember 17, 19555–0 Chicago Black Hawks (1955–56) 20–4–7
32LDecember 18, 19550–2 @ Detroit Red Wings (1955–56) 20–5–7
33WDecember 20, 19557–1 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1955–56) 21–5–7
34WDecember 24, 19554–2 Detroit Red Wings (1955–56) 22–5–7
35LDecember 25, 19551–5 @ New York Rangers (1955–56) 22–6–7
36LDecember 28, 19550–2 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1955–56) 22–7–7
37WDecember 29, 19555–2 Toronto Maple Leafs (1955–56) 23–7–7
38WDecember 31, 19557–3 Chicago Black Hawks (1955–56) 24–7–7
39LJanuary 5, 19562–5 Detroit Red Wings (1955–56) 24–8–7
40WJanuary 7, 19563–1 Chicago Black Hawks (1955–56) 25–8–7
41LJanuary 11, 19561–6 @ New York Rangers (1955–56) 25–9–7
42LJanuary 14, 19560–2 Boston Bruins (1955–56) 25–10–7
43LJanuary 15, 19560–2 @ Detroit Red Wings (1955–56) 25–11–7
44WJanuary 18, 19563–2 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1955–56) 26–11–7
45WJanuary 19, 19563–1 Toronto Maple Leafs (1955–56) 27–11–7
46WJanuary 21, 19563–1 New York Rangers (1955–56) 28–11–7
47WJanuary 22, 19566–2 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1955–56) 29–11–7
48LJanuary 26, 19561–5 @ Boston Bruins (1955–56) 29–12–7
49WJanuary 28, 19566–1 Boston Bruins (1955–56) 30–12–7
50TJanuary 29, 19561–1 @ Detroit Red Wings (1955–56) 30–12–8
51WFebruary 2, 19562–0 @ Detroit Red Wings (1955–56) 31–12–8
52WFebruary 4, 19562–1 Detroit Red Wings (1955–56) 32–12–8
53TFebruary 5, 19563–3 @ New York Rangers (1955–56) 32–12–9
54TFebruary 8, 19561–1 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1955–56) 32–12–10
55WFebruary 10, 19563–1 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1955–56) 33–12–10
56WFebruary 12, 19567–1 @ Boston Bruins (1955–56) 34–12–10
57WFebruary 16, 19568–1 Toronto Maple Leafs (1955–56) 35–12–10
58WFebruary 18, 19569–4 New York Rangers (1955–56) 36–12–10
59WFebruary 23, 19565–2 New York Rangers (1955–56) 37–12–10
60WFebruary 25, 19565–1 Detroit Red Wings (1955–56) 38–12–10
61LFebruary 29, 19561–4 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1955–56) 38–13–10
62WMarch 2, 19563–1 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1955–56) 39–13–10
63WMarch 3, 19563–1 Chicago Black Hawks (1955–56) 40–13–10
64WMarch 4, 19566–4 @ Detroit Red Wings (1955–56) 41–13–10
65WMarch 8, 19564–3 Toronto Maple Leafs (1955–56) 42–13–10
66LMarch 10, 19560–4 Boston Bruins (1955–56) 42–14–10
67LMarch 11, 19561–3 @ Boston Bruins (1955–56) 42–15–10
68WMarch 15, 19565–2 Chicago Black Hawks (1955–56) 43–15–10
69WMarch 17, 19567–2 New York Rangers (1955–56) 44–15–10
70WMarch 18, 19563–1 @ New York Rangers (1955–56) 45–15–10

[1]

PlayoffsEdit

Stanley Cup FinalEdit

For more details on this topic, see 1956 Stanley Cup Final.

This was the first finals for Henri Richard and Toe Blake's first finals as coach.

Detroit Red Wings vs. Montreal Canadiens

Date Away Score Home Score Notes
March 31 Detroit 4 Montreal 6
April 3 Detroit 1 Montreal 5
April 5 Montreal 1 Detroit 3
April 8 Montreal 3 Detroit 0
April 10 Detroit 1 Montreal 3

Montreal wins best-of-seven series 4 games to 1

Player statsEdit

Regular seasonEdit

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM
Beliveau, JeanJean Beliveau C 70 47 41 88 143
Richard, MauriceMaurice Richard RW 70 38 33 71 89
Olmstead, BertBert Olmstead LW 70 14 56 70 94
Geoffrion, BernieBernie Geoffrion RW 59 29 33 62 66
Moore, DickieDickie Moore LW 70 11 39 50 55
Harvey, DougDoug Harvey D 62 5 39 44 60
Richard, HenriHenri Richard C 64 19 21 40 46
Curry, FloydFloyd Curry RW 70 14 18 32 10
Mosdell, KenKen Mosdell C 67 13 17 30 48
Provost, ClaudeClaude Provost RW 60 13 16 29 30
Leclair, JackieJackie Leclair C 54 6 8 14 30
Talbot, Jean-GuyJean-Guy Talbot D 66 1 13 14 80
St. Laurent, DollardDollard St. Laurent D 46 4 9 13 58
Johnson, TomTom Johnson D 64 3 10 13 75
Marshall, DonDon Marshall LW 66 4 1 5 10
Turner, BobBob Turner D 33 1 4 5 35
Gamble, DickDick Gamble LW 12 0 3 3 8
Bouchard, ButchButch Bouchard D 36 0 0 0 22
Broden, ConnieConnie Broden C 3 0 0 0 2
Clune, WallyWally Clune D 5 0 0 0 6
Deslauriers, JacquesJacques Deslauriers D 2 0 0 0 0
Perreault, BobBob Perreault G 6 0 0 0 0
Plante, JacquesJacques Plante G 64 0 0 0 10
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO
Plante, JacquesJacques Plante 3840 64 42 12 10 119 1.86 7
Perreault, BobBob Perreault 360 6 3 3 0 12 2.00 1
Team: 4200 70 45 15 10 131 1.87 8

PlayoffsEdit

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM
Beliveau, JeanJean Beliveau C 10 12 7 19 22
Geoffrion, BernieBernie Geoffrion RW 10 5 9 14 6
Richard, MauriceMaurice Richard RW 10 5 9 14 24
Olmstead, BertBert Olmstead LW 10 4 10 14 8
Moore, DickieDickie Moore LW 10 3 6 9 12
Richard, HenriHenri Richard C 10 4 4 8 21
Harvey, DougDoug Harvey D 10 2 5 7 10
Provost, ClaudeClaude Provost RW 10 3 3 6 12
Curry, FloydFloyd Curry RW 10 1 5 6 12
Leclair, JackieJackie Leclair C 8 1 1 2 4
Mosdell, KenKen Mosdell C 9 1 1 2 2
Johnson, TomTom Johnson D 10 0 2 2 8
Talbot, Jean-GuyJean-Guy Talbot D 9 0 2 2 4
Marshall, DonDon Marshall LW 10 1 0 1 0
Turner, BobBob Turner D 10 0 1 1 10
Bouchard, ButchButch Bouchard D 1 0 0 0 0
Plante, JacquesJacques Plante G 10 0 0 0 2
St. Laurent, DollardDollard St. Laurent D 4 0 0 0 2
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L GA GAA SO
Plante, JacquesJacques Plante 600 10 8 2 18 1.80 2
Team: 600 10 8 2 18 1.80 2

[2]

Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; +/- = Plus/Minus; PIM = Penalty Minutes; PPG=Power-play goals; SHG=Short-handed goals; GWG=Game-winning goals
      MIN=Minutes played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; GA = Goals Against; GAA = Goals Against Average; SO = Shutouts;

Awards and recordsEdit

TransactionsEdit

Montreal Canadiens 1956 Stanley Cup championsEdit

Roster

  Centers
  Defensemen
  Goaltenders


  Non-players
  • Donat Raymond (President/Owner), Frank Selke Sr. (Manager)
  • Dalton Coleman, William Northey (Vice Presidents/Owners)
  • Ken Reardon (Ass't Manager), Hector Toe Blake (Coach)
  • Hector Dubois (Trainer), Gaston Bettez (Ass't Trainer)
  • Camile DesRoches^, Frank Selke Jr.^ (Publicity Directors)
  • ^- on the team picture, but missing from the Stanley Cup.

Stanley Cup engraving

  • Emile "Butch" Bouchard was engraved on the Stanley Cup in 1944, 1946, 1953 as EMILE BOUCHARD. He was then engraved on the Stanley Cup as BUTCH BOUCHARD in 1956.
  • Mistake Bob Turner is listed as Trainer on Stanley Cup. He was a defenseman. Hector Dubois and Gaston Bettez were the trainers, but no position was listed.
  • Mistake Claude Provost name was misspelt C. PREVOST with an "E" instead an "O". Turner and Provost mistakes were not corrected on the Replica Cup created in 1992–93.
  • Mistake Gaston Bettez was spelt wrong G BETTEX when cup was redone in 1957–58 with an "X" instead of "Z", and mistake was repeated on the Replica Cup. His name was spelt correctly on the original ring as G. BETTEZ.


Game AdsEdit


See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1955–56 Montreal Canadiens Games. Hockey-reference.com. Retrieved on 2009-06-04.
  2. 1955-56 Montreal Canadiens Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com. hockey-reference.com. Retrieved on 2009-05-28.


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